Sunday, July 29, 2012

Exploring the Redwoods area

Along Avenue of the Giants
When we drove to this area many years ago, we did not stop to look around. Pokie always wanted to see the Redwood area, so this year we explored many of the sites. Since the area of redwood is spread about 150 miles long, we started by visiting the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Trees of Mystery and Avenue of the Giants (worth the drive), there are many more tourist trap such as one log house, Origin of Big Foot, but we do not bother to stop at those roadside attractions, one is enough.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Skunk Train

Skunk Train, Fort Bragg, California

I will always try to add a train-ride as a side trip; we drove about 100 miles further south from our main destination, which is the Redwood area. Here, we did not wait for another day for the steam train due to the time that we had, but I am as happy as I could be if I am able kick the bucket list of the trains I want to ride.

Home on the road

Redwood RV Park, Crescent City, California

A journey of a thousand miles begins with your first step. To be exact, we drove 1,171 miles or slightly less than 1,900 km. We headed south to California to explore the Redwood areas and of course a train ride for me. Redwood areas are scattered about 150 miles from California-Oregon border to the south, so we do not know where we stay every night, we just took it as it went. Here’s our first installment of “Home on the Road” with our Wanderlust.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Home on the Coast

Lincoln City, Oregon

Let’s call it a dry run. After almost two years we finally take the Wanderlust (our RV van) for a spin again to Lincoln City, Oregon. I have to say I was pretty rusty to the routine such as installing the water filter, but it came back quickly and I manage to get used to it again. We were supposed to meet our good RV friends from Spokane, but they have mechanical difficulty in the middle of the road with some kind of bad oil leaks in one of their motor home’s axle. We have made a reservation already and we have to go, plus the weather in Portland was rather warm, so going to the coast is a good remedy.

Home on the coast

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

San Francisco

Fishermans Wharf

A short visit to San Francisco – conquering the concrete jungle, we flew there and took all public transportation all over the city. Since we stayed in San Mateo about twenty miles to the south, we often took the trains to my delight, a short walk from our hotel to the train station.

We visited the usual touristy spots, at times; we were overwhelmed by the crowd. Nevertheless, we managed to visit the Palace of Fine Arts, Chinatown, Fort Mason, Ferry Building and  of course the Fisherman Wharf.  We explored the city for a full three days and that’s enough concrete for me. By the way Pokie found her favorite burger- “In-N-Out”. Overall, we had a good short visit, enjoy the website.

San Francisco
Public Transportation